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Argentina 54-9 Georgia Rugby World Cup: Los Pumas devour Georgians

Published 25/09/2015

Argentina's players celebrate after winning a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's players celebrate after winning a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's number 8 Facundo Isa (R) celebrates with supporters after winning a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's scrum half Martin Landajo (C) celebrates with supporters after winning a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's wing Juan Imhoff gives the thumbs up after winning a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's supporters celebrate after a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Georgia's hooker Jaba Bregvadze (L), flanker Viktor Kolelishvili (2nd R) and lock Giorgi Nemsadze (R) vie in a maul with Argentina's lock Matias Alemanno (2nd L) and Argentina's centre Marcelo Bosch (C) during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Tomas Cubelli of Argentina is tackled by Vasil Lobzhanidze of Georgia on the way to scoring his teams second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Argentina's Santiago Cordero (right) looks to break through the Georgia tackles during the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez (centre left) looks to break through the tackle of Georgia's Jaba Bregvadze (left) during the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Argentina's Marcelo Bosch (centre) looks to break through the tackles of Georgia's Merab Sharikadze and Vasil Lobzhanidze during the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Santiago Cordero of Argentina scores his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Santiago Cordero of Argentina is mobbed by team mates after scoring his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Santiago Cordero of Argentina celebrates scoring his teams fourth try with team mates during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Santiago Cordero of Argentina breaks to score his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Santiago Cordero of Argentina is mobbed by team mates after scoring his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Santiago Cordero of Argentina celebrates scoring his teams fourth try with team mates during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Tomas Cubelli of Argentina scores his teams second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
A Georgia fan shows his support in the stands before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Argentina fans show their support in the stands before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Georgia fans show their support in the stands before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Georgia's fly half Lasha Malaguradze kicks the ball during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's wing Santiago Cordero (L) runs with the ball as Georgia's flanker Giorgi Tkhilaishvili dives to tackle him during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's number 8 Facundo Isa (L) is tackled by Georgia's flanker Viktor Kolelishvili (R) during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's flanker Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (R) and Georgia's flanker Viktor Kolelishvili (C) vie in a maul during a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
An Argentina wears a puma costume prior to a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
An Argentina's supporter gestures prior to a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Georgia's players arrive on the pitch prior to a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Georgia's players line up during their national anthem prior to a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's players line up during their national anthem prior to a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina scores a drop goal during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: An Argentina fan looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: The Argentina team line up for the national anthems during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: An Argentina fan looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: A Gloucester fan smiles with his daughter prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Georgia fans display a message prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina and Georgia flags are displayed prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans pose prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
An Argentina fan poses for a photograph as they arrive at the Kingsholm stadium ahead of the a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's head coach Daniel Hourcade (L) poses for a photograph with an Argentinian fan as they arrive for the Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: An Argentina fan smiles prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Argentina fans walk past a rugby themed mural on the wall of the Coach and Horses public house before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Rugby World Cup scarves on sale outside the ground before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: An Argentina fan looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans sing prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: An Argentina fan looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Argentina fans show their support outside the ground before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Argentina fans show their support outside the ground before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Argentina fans show their support outside the ground before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Argentina fans show their support outside the ground before the Rugby World Cup match at the Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 25, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Argentina. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans take a selfie with the Webb Ellis Cup prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: An Argentina fan looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Georgia and Argentina fans pose prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans pose by a billboard showing a picture of Chris Robshaw of England prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans sit outside a Fish and Chips shop prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Argentina fans relax outside their motorhome prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 25, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Argentina's head coach Daniel Hourcade (2L) poses for a "selfie" photograph with Argentinian fans as they arrive for the Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSLOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
An Argentina fan poses for a photograph as they arrive at the Kingsholm stadium ahead of the a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina rugby fans react as they arrive at the Kingsholm stadium ahead of the a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
An Argentina fan poses for a photograph as they arrive at the Kingsholm stadium ahead of the a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina fans arrive at the Kingsholm stadium ahead of the a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina fans pose for photograph as they arrive at the Kingsholm stadium ahead of the a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina fans arrive at the Kingsholm stadium ahead of the a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina fans pose for photograph as they arrive at the Kingsholm stadium ahead of the a Pool C match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Argentina and Georgia in Gloucester, west England on September 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
Georgia's New Zealander head coach Milton Haig gives a press conference in Gloucester on September 24, 2015, on the eve of their Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C match against Argentina. AFP/Getty Images
Argentina's head coach Daniel Hourcade delivers a press conference at the Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester, west England, on September 24, 2015, on the eve of the team's 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C rugby union match against Georgia. AFP/Getty Images
Georgia's prop Davit Zirakashvili attends a training session on the eve of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C match against Argentina on September 24, 2015 at the Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester. AFP/Getty Images
Georgia's wing Giorgi Pruidze attends a training session on the eve of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C match against Argentina on September 24, 2015 at the Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester. AFP/Getty Images
Georgia's wing Tamaz Mchedlidze (C) passes the ball during a training session on the eve of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C match against Argentina on September 24, 2015 at the Kingsholm stadium in Gloucester. AFP/Getty Images

Argentina took a huge step towards reaching the World Cup quarter-finals by crushing Georgia 54-9 in Gloucester.

Georgia were on a high after beating Tonga in their opening Pool C game, and only five places separated themselves and Argentina on the International Rugby Board's world rankings.

The Lelos were right in the game at half-time when trailing 14-9, but the turning point arrived within five minutes of the re-start when Georgia's best player, their number eight and skipper Mamuka Gorgodze, was yellow-carded for slowing down ruck ball.

Argentina made their extra man count in ruthless fashion with three tries in six minutes, and finally the gap between eighth and 13th on the IRB rankings appeared an accurate reflection of the two teams' standing in the world game.

Until then the result appeared in the balance; the Pumas' backs carrying a greater edge but Georgia allowed to stay in touch by Argentinian indiscipline and their prowess in the scrums and in an unrelenting arm wrestle on the ground.

Argentina had pushed world champions New Zealand all the way before losing their Wembley opener 26-16 and the Pumas took the confidence from that performance into the opening stages at Kingsholm.

They charged into an 8-0 lead after 10 minutes with Nicolas Sanchez dropping a goal from almost under the Georgia crossbar and then profiting from an attack which moved from right to left and then back again

Sanchez floated a pass to flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon and the Pumas were almost queuing up as second-row forward Tomas Lavanini crashed over.

Georgia were seeking a way back into proceedings and they were handed an opportunity when Merab Kvirikashvili was obstructed under his own high kick and the full-back supplied the penalty points from 30 metres.

Kvirikashvili reduced the deficit even further with a monster penalty from just inside the Argentina half but Georgia were immediately guilty of indiscipline at the other end and Sanchez restored the five-point gap.

Georgia had often struggled to break the gain line in possession but back-row pair Giorgi Tkhilaishvili and Viktor Kolelishvili made hard yards out wide and Kvirikashvili landed his third penalty.

But the outstanding Sanchez soon stroked over another penalty after the Georgia defence had been cut open by the outside-half's scything break and defensive desperation led to a careless tackle off the ball.

And Georgia were punished in spectacular style when Gorgodze was sent to the sin bin, Tomas Cubelli accepting Facundo Isa's pass off the back of a scrum to score within seconds of having a one-man advantage.

Worse was to come for Georgia when Juan Imhoff scorched into the corner following a delightful Pumas passing move, and fellow wing Santiago Cordero soon stepped in from the other side for another converted try.

Georgia became ever more bedraggled and replacement Martin Landajo, Cordero and Imhoff added further tries, and Argentina will head into games with Tonga and Namibia confident of claiming the second qualifying spot in the pool behind the All Blacks.

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